Know Your Receiver

The Intriguing Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.

Valentine’s Day and chocolate – a combination as old as time itself. Lucky for us chocolate comes in booze form too. A few years ago I wrote about how a bottle of creme de cacao is a great twist on a valentines cliche. I’m back at it again, but this time it’s about really tailoring the drink to your partners taste. In Mrs. Muddle’s case, that means only one thing: Mezcal.Flipping through Mr. Boston for inspiration, I came across the Interesting Cocktail – a tequila/aperol/creme de cacao/lemon juice number that had potential. The combination of agave, aperol, and chocolate really piqued my interest (not too mention the aperol gives it a color befitting of the holiday). Swapping in mezcal only required some small tweaks to the proportions to account for its bolder flavors. And sometimes naming the drink is as easy as using a synonym for the original.


The Intriguing Cocktail starts out with aromas of smoke and citrus. Smoke continues on the sip, highlighting the roasts notes of the chocolate. The mouth feel is a bit thicker than expected, but citrus from the aperol and lemon juice keep it bright and tart. Finally, chocolate and mezcal provide a soothing warmth on the finish.

On this Valentines Day, when you reach for the tried and true chocolate, remember to consider your partners particular tastes. Not only can it be inspiration for a whole new drink, but you just might make their day in the process.

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